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Friday, July 28, 2006

George Orwell + Janet Jackson

Got back to town today and was just trying to catch up with Judge Parker and Mary Worth when I read that PBS found it necessary to go to court to defend a station that's been gigged by the FCC for airing the words of WWII combat vets. Remember that Michael Powell, then FCC head, granted special dispensation to allow the airing of the Pvt. Ryan film. This was one of the few movies in world history to celebrate the valor, and register the horror, of war. Since then, our tory congress found it important to chomp down on wardrobe malfunctions and other verbotenfare. Is it still free expression if we have to get permission first?
National treasures Martin Scorcese and Ken Burns have films on the way that PBS affiliates are afraid to air because a six figure fine would sink many local stations.
Roundhead republican appointees are censoring broadcast content on the public airwaves. We allow them to do it.
Let's kick their #@(%!% @$$E$ out this fall!


At 9:40 AM , Blogger Silence Dogwood said...

The AP reports today that CBS asked a federal appeals court to throw out the $500,000 fine they got over the Jackson/Timberlake flash dance, calling the
penalty "unconstitutional, contrary to the Communications Act and FCC rules and generally arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law."
(Isn't CBS owned by GE or some other warbucks corporation?)
Look for this to go all the way to the Supremes, who will eventually rule that only commercial speech is protected by the 1st Amendment.


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